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Funded PhD opportunity. Material Cultures of the NHS Hospital: Exploring Hospital Spaces through Historical Objects
Funding: Collaborative Doctoral Award with the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership
Dr Victoria Bates, University of Bristol: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Giovanna Colombetti, University of Exeter: email@example.com
Dr Laura Humphreys, Science Museum Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Material Cultures of the NHS Hospital will explore the multiple ways in which NHS hospitals (1948-present) have been shaped by objects. Using objects held at the Science Museum Group provides an opportunity for the PGR to engage closely with material culture. They will go beyond images, and a visual idea of hospitals, to explore how historic objects felt, smelled, and sounded. The PGR will take an object (or object type) as the centre of their research, and explore it at different scales, including changes to: its materiality and design, how people interacted with or experienced it, and its place in hospital spaces or built environments.